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Camping Tricks & Tips Eaton Rapids MI

Before you venture out, consider this list of camping tips that will enhance your experience. As the warm weather rolls around, camping excursions are planned, tents are being aired out, and campers everywhere are itching to set out for the wilderness once again. This season promises to be a busy one, with more campers and RVers roaming the country’s campgrounds than ever before. But before you venture out, consider this list of camping tips that will enhance your experience.

Lansing Cottonwood Campground*
(517) 393-3200
5339 Aurelius Rd
Lansing, MI
Campground Availability
May 01-Oct 29
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Groceries
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Manistee National Forest (Sand Lake Campground)
(616) 723-2211
Wellston, MI
Campground Availability
1-May thru 10-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, REC Open to Public

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Insta-Launch Campground & Marina
(866) 452-8642
Manistee, MI
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 15-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Float Trips, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, River Fishing, Fishing Guides, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Local Tours, REC Open to Public

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Chinook Camping
(231) 834-7505
Grant, MI
Campground Availability
Mid Apr thru Mid Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pool, Boating, Float Trips, Canoeing, Kayaking, River Fishing, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby

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Hilltop Campground
(810) 664-2782
Lapeer, MI
Campground Availability
1-May thru 1-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Control Access Gate, Partial Handicap Access, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Golf Nearby, REC Open to Public

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Mackinaw SF (Pickerel Lake)
(989) 983-4101
Vanderbilt, MI
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Non Flush
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Wood
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Big Bend Park (Big Prairie Township)
(231) 689-6325
White Cloud, MI
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Ice
Recreation
Pavilion, Pool, River Swimming, Boating, River Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Basketball, Volleyball, Hiking Trails

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Calhoun Campground (City Park)
(989) 435-2100
Beaverton, MI
Campground Availability
1-May thru 1-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood
Recreation
Rec Hall, Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, River Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Basketball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Monroe County KOA*
(800) KOA-7646
US 23 at exit 9 - 15600 Tunnicliffe Rd
Petersburg, MI
Campground Availability
Mid Apr-Oct 31
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Bike Rentals, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketb

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Lincoln Pines Resort
(616) 984-2100
Gowen, MI
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Control Access Gate, Partial Handicap Access, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Camping Tricks & Tips

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Camping Tricks & Tips


By Anne Peterson

As the warm weather rolls around, camping excursions are planned, tents are being aired out, and campers everywhere are itching to set out for the wilderness once again. This season promises to be a busy one, with more campers and RVers roaming the country’s campgrounds than ever before. But before you venture out, consider this list of camping tips that will enhance your experience.

• Drink plenty of water when camping in high altitudes (over 7,000 feet). Three to five quarts a day will prevent dehydration and high altitude sickness, which cause headaches, nausea and muscle cramps, and makes you susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite. Not a fun way to spend a vacation.

• Discard all the plastic and cardboard packaging your food comes in. Instead, use clear plastic bags that can be tied in a knot at the top, and mark them with indelible marker so you know what is inside. This method drastically cuts down on trash accumulation and the bags can be reused for other things, like collecting blueberries for blueberry pancakes.

• Build your campfire away from tree and underbrush root systems. You might never guess, but these can also catch on fire. Believe me, a good night’s sleep is far better than spending the wee hours putting out a root fire.

• Only when you can sift your fingers through the ashes of your fire can you be sure that it is truly out.

• Use a pine cone or a handful of sand to scrub your dishes clean. That way you are not always searching for the dirty, smelly pot scrubby.

• Fill your water bottle with boiling hot water, wrap it in a towel, and put it in your sleeping bag a few minutes before you climb in. This makes for cozy sleeping quarters.

• If you really can’t seem to warm up, and you and your campmate’s sleeping bags are the same brand, zip the bags together to make one bag and cuddle up close. Nothing beats this method on a chilly night.

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